ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Post Saturday launched the export parcel service `EMS Plus’ for small traders to deliver their consignments in foreign countries within 72 hours at minimum rates.
Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed formally inaugurated the service in a ceremony here at the Pakistan Post head office. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Media Affairs Iftikhar Durrani, Secretary Postal Services Pir Baksh Khan Jamali and Director General of Pakistan Post Naseer Ahmed Khan were also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said Pakistan had got an honest leader in the person of Prime Minister Imran Khan and under his vision, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government taking measures to make all the loss-making state institutions profit-generating organizations.
Similarly, he said, effective steps were being taken to steer the Pakistan Post out of losses and make it a profitable entity. The `EMS Plus’ was one of such measures which would help the organization earn income, he added. He said the service, which had been initially launched as a pilot project in the cities of Faisalabad, Sialkot, and Lahore, under which a parcel of up to 30 kilograms could be booked for six countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, the United Kingdom, Thailand, and Australia. The parcels would be shipped to the designated countries same day by air, he added.
Murad Saeed said the service would be extended to other foreign countries in the second phase likely next month. Initially, the services were to be launched for the entire world, however, due to some technical problems, it was started for six countries, he added.
The minister said advertisements would be floated in the newspapers during the current week to hire the services of courier companies in respective countries. Counters would be established at the airports with the deployment of the staff of Pakistan Post for timely dispatch of the consignments, he added.
He said the prime minister wanted a business-friendly environment in the country and his government was taking all possible steps for ease of doing business, particularly for small businessmen. The export parcel service was one of such steps and the Pakistan Post would come up to the expectations of the exporters.
He said there were two basic guarantees for the people to send their parcels through couriers, one was the timely delivery and the second of confidence and trust regarding its delivery to the consignee. The Pakistan Post being the official organization would ensure delivery of the parcels at the destination within 72 hours at the minimum charges, he added.
He urged the business community to prefer the ‘EMS Plus’ as it would cost them almost 175 percent less than the amount charged by private courier firms.
The minister said the Pakistan Post would soon offer its services for online shopping through its website as many multiple commodities had shown interest in selling their brands through it.
Pakistan seeks greater partnership with WB: PM
ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan has told WB that Pakistan looked forward to greater partnership with World Bank (WB) in critical areas including eco-tourism, mountain, and religious tourism.
Talking to a delegation of World Bank headed by Vice President South Asia Hartwig Schafer in Islamabad today Imran Khan said that these sectors which have a huge potential towards the uplift of the poor and poverty alleviation. He highlighted various steps being taken by the government towards economic stability, poverty alleviation and improving ease of doing business in the country. The delegation comprised of Vice President Human Development Annete Dixon, Country Director Illangovan Patchamuthu, Operations Manager Melinda Good and Senior Country Manager IFC Nadeem Siddiqui. Special Assistant of Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeem-ul-Haq, Secretary Finance Arif Ahmed Khan and others were also present in the meeting.
The delegation appreciated Prime Minister’s vision on the economic stability of the country, human development and addressing the issue of stunted growth due to malnutrition. It briefed the Prime Minister about various ongoing projects of the World Bank in various sectors including water supply, sewerage and waste management, transportation and connectivity, capacity building and ease of doing business in the country. It also offered WB’s assistance in attracting foreign investments, analytics, sharing of expertise and technical knowledge in various sectors to help the Government translate its vision into reality. Welcoming the offer, the Prime Minister appreciated World Bank’s continued engagement with Pakistan and its support towards capacity building, infrastructure development and economic growth.
District admin gets 50 Kanal state land vacated!
PESHAWAR: District administration vacated 50 Kanal state land during grand anti-encroachment operation in Mera Kachori, a suburban locality here today.
On the directives of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Peshawar Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh, the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Shahid Ali Khan and Assistant Commissioner (AC), Sara Rehman directly monitored the operation and remained present on the occasion.
Town Municipal Officer (TMO) Town-IV, Waheedur Rehman, SHO Chamkani Police Station, Ahmadullah Khan, officials of Rescue 1122 and other department participated in the operation. A heavy contingent of police was deployed to avert any kind of unpleasant incident.
During the operation, the administration demolished over 70 illegal constructions and vacated 50 Kanal state lands. Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Dr. Imran Hamid Sheikh has said that anti-encroachment operation would continue and similar action against encroachment mafia in other localities will also begin soon.
Tokyo stocks open higher!
TOKYO: Stocks opened here higher today, tracking gains on Wall Street due to optimism over US-China trade talks, with investors closely eyeing the US Federal Reserve’s meeting later this week.
The Nikkei 225 index added 0.65 percent, or 139.64 points, to 21,590.49 in early trade, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.43 percent, or 6.82 points, to 1,609.45.